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NEWS | July 30, 2021

US, France partner for bilateral training exercise, Cyber Fort III

By USCYBERCOM Public Affairs

Cyber Fort III, recently held on Fort George G. Meade, Md., was a bilateral, hands-on-keyboard exercise between U.S Cyber Command and France's Cyber Defense Forces Command designed to combat challenges posed by advanced persistent threats and ensure common defense in cyberspace.

"As cyber threats continue to evolve at an increasingly rapid pace, it is imperative that like-minded nations work together to ensure our common defense with speed, agility, and unity of efforts required to meet ever-growing cyber threats," said Navy Rear Adm. Heidi Berg, USCYBERCOM director of J5 Plans and Policy.

Bringing together cyber warriors from two countries and involving more than 70 participants, 400 simulated users, 450 simulated networks and subnets, and 1,000 different simulated systems, the exercise simulated the relevant tactics, techniques, and procedures of advanced persistent threats.

"We must work with important allies like France to ensure malicious actors are denied the ability to operate with impunity," Berg emphasized.

Nation-state actors, criminal organizations, and terrorists all pose a cyber-threat to nations. Berg reiterated the importance of training and partnerships for cyber defense, now and in the future.

"The bilateral Cyber Fort III exercise continued to demonstrate the importance of the partnership with the French Cyber Defense Forces Command, and we look forward to continuing our partnership to confront the cyber defense challenges of the 21st century."